Great post. I've been working remotely (from home) for more than 3 years. Way more productive. I agree with you that investment in good home office furniture is a must - especially the chair. Also fast Internet - fibre if you can.
One must also not forget to take regular breaks. I guess some people think they need to be online all the time but Teams/Zoom/Slack/Whatever can be installed on your mobile device too, so you do not have to stare at your screen all the time.
I find that I do work longer hours than what I would have done in a normal office setting. Not sure why, but it is a fact. I also (still) sometimes make the mistake to take my laptop to bed (lol) but that is not happening very often.
Work/life balance is very important. In a office setting there are tea times, lunch times, break times, etc. At home, one can easily go through the day without eating anything (it happens to me a lot) but then my wife, who is at home all the time, will remind me to take a break and get something to eat.
Many company bosses start to realise now that they can save so much money by letting their employees work from home. Afterall, it is about trust. Why will you hire someone if you cannot trust him/her when they work remotely? I think remote working (in many areas) is here to stay.
Working from home definitely has its advantages. However, some people are more social than others, and might long for the corridor gossip. I for one do not. I prefer to work from home and to use technology to connect to my peers.
Thanks for such a considered response! I am definitely one of those people longing for corridor conversations again, but I completely agree that there are a lot of advantages to working from home overall. Once the right systems are in place, along with the trust you mentioned, it can really lead to great things.
I think it will be interesting to see how workplaces change over time. I think there is a general hope of getting ‘back to normal’ soon, but once life is back up and running, I wonder if remote working will just be part of the new way we do things. I may need to pick your brain for more working from home tips and tricks in the future!
You are most welcome.
This is the so called "new normal". Yes, some companies may be able to have their staff work from remote (home) locations, but it is also about the mindset of some managers who like to micro-manage their employees - unfortunately. Some sectors (mining, construction, etc. do not have that luxury).
I read an article of some companies implementing measures to make sure that their empployees actually work when they say they do - seriously?! It goes back to the trust thing. Yes, you will get your loafers and so on, but when deadlines are met, you can work 2 hours a day (productively) instead of 8 hours a day (standing at the coffee machine, going to lenghty meetings, I can go on) and still keep the boss happy.
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